Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

insider tips

  • Put your skates on at the ice-skating rink in Grote Market during the winter months.
  • Lose yourself in Antwerp’s designer shops on Nationalestraat, Kammenstraat and Sint-Antoniusstraat, including shoe heaven at Cocodrillo and Dries van Noten’s flagship store.
  • Join the queue at Frituur No. 1 street stall on Hoogstraat for some of the world’s best frites.
  • Spoil your partner with a diamond from the diamond district.
  • During the festive season, explore the charming Christmas markets with a cup of mulled wine.
  • Check out the fashion museum MoMu where changing exhibitions showcase the work of contemporary designers.

what we think

Head to Antwerp for quirky vintage pieces, avant garde designer labels, slick street wear or even glistening diamonds – it has recently become one of the hottest European shopping destinations. Take a stroll through the charismatic downtown streets, wander through the historic squares and pause only for a pot of fresh moules and frittes, washed down with a perfectly poured Belgian beer. In the winter months, enjoy mulled wine with traditional waffles whilst soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of the Christmas markets. Antwerp claims to have founded house music and a night out at one of its restaurant-cum-clubs certainly supports this theory.